It’s my first superhero fiction roundup of the year! We’ve got a lot of cool books to check out, but before we do, I have a couple superhero novel-related links to share.
One is this article by Percival Constantine entitled “A Genre Hidden from Readers,” which is about how the superhero fiction bestseller list on certain popular website has very few actual superhero books in it. (Superhero fiction being hard to find is one reason I do these roundups.) The article is definitely interesting, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
Second, I want to make sure you know about Superhero-Fiction.com. As the name implies, it’s a website dedicated to superhero novels and has a newsletter you can sign up for to get updated on new releases. There are currently 240 books listed on the website, which is amazing.
Now, onto the new releases. As usual, I haven’t read all of these novels personally, so check out the previews and reviews before purchasing. And happy reading!
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Ruthless (Boundless Book 4)
by Damien Boyes
My name is Jasmin Parker, and I’m a superhero. Or I would be, if I wasn’t locked in a cell with my powers stripped away.
Everything’s gone to crap. I’ve been a prisoner for months, betrayed by the people I thought were my friends–and that’s not the worst of it. Between ancient gods and intelligent, universe-devouring entities, I’ve learned no matter how bad things get, there’s always something more horrible waiting around the corner, some new terrible way everything could end.
I’ve seen just how fragile the chronoverse is, and how helpless even the most powerful beings can become. I know there’s a blackness out there, ready to consume us all, and I know if it gets free, there’s nothing I could do to stop it.
Another thing I’ve learned, for better or worse, is that change is always coming. Whether you want it to or not. I may be locked up now but when change finally comes, I plan on being ready to take advantage of it. I’ll to do everything I can to protect the chronoverse and the people in it.
Whatever it takes, no matter who tries to stop me.
Ruthless is the fourth book in the Boundless series, a superhero/science-fiction/time-travelling thrill ride across time and space.
The Rivalry of Renegade X (Renegade X, Book 5)
by Chelsea M. Campbell
A tale of two Damiens.
After ruining the annual Tines family barbecue by retaliating against one of his stuck-up superhero cousins—who totally deserved it, no matter what anyone says—Damien just wants an easy summer. One that involves him and his friends hanging out and going on the occasional superhero mission. He doesn’t need his “good twin” from another dimension where he was raised by Gordon showing up and making a mess of everything, and he sure as hell doesn’t need him living at his house, doing chores without being asked, and generally being the perfect superhero son his family’s always wanted.
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, his good twin refuses to lie low. He’s obsessed with doing good deeds and even volunteers to be his dad’s sidekick on his lame kids show. Damien soon has his hands full just trying to stop this guy from making him look like one of the stereotypical douchey heroes he’s always hated. And when his good twin starts to win over all his friends, it’s the last straw. Damien knows there’s only room for one of him in Golden City, and he’s more than ready to get rid of this guy.
But when Damien’s attempts to send him back home backfire and an “evil” version of his half brother Xavier shows up—as if Xavier could get any worse—the two Damiens will have to find a way to work together despite their differences. That is, if they want to thwart Xavier’s evil plans and stop him from erasing everyone they care about from existence.
Accidental No More (Team Quantum Book 3)
by J.R. Rain and Matthew S. Cox
The third and final book in the “Team Quantum” trilogy of superhero adventures!
Now married, Mira Verborgen and Giancarlo Colombo have a problem. Turns out, there will be no honeymoon, not yet. And maybe not ever. After all, they’d just been informed that they will be going nuclear in three months.
Their bodies are turning on them, and the more “super” they become, the faster they will explode. But maybe, just maybe there’s an answer. It’s a long shot, but it just might work. Then, the newlyweds can finally be alone…
But first, they must stop the madman who caused this mess. After all, Dr. Orlov is also a ticking time bomb… and one that might go off at any moment. Forgoing their honeymoon to save the world, Mira and Giancarlo take a secret flight out to China, where they soon come across a base of operations for something dark, nefarious, and most certainly on the wrong side of the law.
And so begins the final showdown between superheroes and a super villain, all with incalculable power and all with a score to settle. One wrong move and everyone and everything might just go up in a mushroom cloud of nuclear proportions.
Blaze of Glory
by Sheryl Nantus
Saving the world is easy for a superhero—unless you’re a fraud.
Jo Tanis is a hero in name only. She might have superpowers, but she’s under the thumb of the Agency who controls all the supers around the world, setting up fake fights to entertain the public. With her Guardian Mike, she’s forced to live a life that’s not hers… until one day when an alien ship arrives.
In the ensuing chaos, almost all of the front-line supers are killed, unable to use their skills effectively after years of play-fighting and pretend-wins. Jo escapes, but she’s living on borrowed time, thanks to the Agency’s hold on her life. Gathering a team of survivors around her, she’s determined to save not only her life but the rest of the world–if they can all step up and become the heroes they need to be.
But no one, hero or villain, saves the world without a sacrifice…
Storm Bound (Places of Power Book 4)
by Leonard Petracci
SC and the team are back- after a devastating battle in Rome, they watch for Titan attacks across the country, leaping into action whenever a red flag appears on the news. But after discovering a thread into SC’s past, their eyes now turn to new questions. Who created the space program that gave him his powers? What happened to everyone else involved? And did the Instructors have anything to do with his abilities?
Join them as they travel around the globe in search of answers, meeting new titans, new villains, and new friends along the way. Discovering powers that have never been revealed, as well as unearthing a master plan that stretches back decades.
Ever the Hero
by Darby Harn
Superheroes are big business. Imagine not being able to afford them.
Kit Baldwin just wants to make rent. The only work she can find in the ruins of her devastated city is scavenging for alien technology. When she finds a powerful alien weapon, her discovery pays off more than she could have hoped: it draws the attention of the most powerful of the superhuman Empowered, Valene.
Valene hears everything, everywhere. She suffers for it, and as they begin a precipitous romance, Kit believes she can use the weapon she’s scavenged to mitigate Valene’s pain. If she can’t, Valene will retreat to the soundlessness of space. Without Valene’s compassion, the stricken city is left to the mercy of Valene’s ruthless father, who denies the assistance the city needs unless it can pay for it.
As Valene’s condition worsens, Kit becomes more desperate and unleashes the full power of the alien weapon. In an instant, she is transformed into a being of cosmic power. She can acquire the knowledge and energy of anything – or anyone – she touches.
Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury
by Michael C. Bailey
Death couldn’t stop her. What chance does the Hero Squad have?
The mad necromancer Black Betty Morgan is back from the dead and ready to raise hell — literally.
When Black Betty resurfaces to resume her longstanding feud with the Protectorate’s resident sorceress Dr. Enigma, Carrie “Lightstorm” Hauser and her teammates find themselves facing a power beyond their comprehension — and perhaps beyond their ability to stop without Dr. Enigma’s aid.
But Dr. Enigma has her own dark agenda, one that threatens to throw the Squad into the middle of a supernatural grudge match with no rules, no limits, and no mercy.
The War of the Witches is on — and Kingsport is their battlefield.
Ultimate Arsenal (Full Metal Superhero Book 9)
by Jeffery H. Haskell
The ultimate threat requires the ultimate Arsenal!
Amelia is fresh from her victory over ARC when a massive hurricane strikes New Orleans. In the aftermath, a pile of bodies is found and all evidence points to the Wraith as the perpetrator.
Has the killer of evil lost her grip on reality and started murdering indiscriminately? Or is there something even more dangerous in the world than the Wraith?
With every superhero in North America gunning for Madisun Dumas, Arsenal has to race against the clock and stand up to her own teammates to prove the vigilante’s innocence.
If she doesn’t kill her first.
Ultimate Arsenal is the FINAL Book in the Full Metal Superhero series. Read now and enjoy 60,000 words of AWESOME.
Queen’s Move (Lilith’s Shadow Book 3)
by Benjamin Medrano
Lilith thought moving would make her life easier.
Having survived a death sentence, Lilith believed moving to Paragon City would be safer, as there she’d be one of countless superhumans. Her dreams are short-lived, however, as the plots of the sinister Dreamer and a malevolent alien intersect with her attempt to build a new life with Gina and Rachel.
Unfortunately for them, Lilith isn’t willing to let the villains do as they please.
The Steel Falcon: Book 3: Entropy Rises
by N.K. Quinn
An unmasked hero. An unhinged AI. A final battle for the minds and hearts of the city.
Kalum Walker remains in shock from learning his whole life has been a lie. But as the power-hungry AI who spawned him recruits a group of insanely powerful individuals, just as deranged as he is, for a final showdown, Kalum doesn’t have much time for processing. All the sinister entity needs to complete his scheme is Kalum’s unborn sister, and the due date is fast approaching.
With his ragtag band of friends by his side, Kalum must battle the weaponised humans terrorising his city, dodge Corporation-sponsored assassins and break into the world’s most impenetrable prison to rescue his friends’ parents before it’s too late. With time running out, Kalum must unlock his inner humanity to overcome impossible odds and stop a city-wide massacre like the world has never seen.
Entropy Rises is the third novel in the mind-bending Steel Falcon YA sci-fi superhero saga. If you like immersive futuristic worlds, white-knuckle battles, and scrappy heroes, then you’ll love N.K. Quinn’s high-octane tale.
Buy Entropy Rises and hang on tight for an action-packed sci-fi adventure today!
Reunited: Book 4 of the Guardians Saga
by Mylan Allen
ARION ZIMMERMAN finds himself on a foreign island with no memory of who he is. Despite his desire to trust the girl helping him piece his life together, he feels like she might be keeping big secrets from him. As he attempts to discover who he is, Arion faces a criminal organization with mysterious ties to his past that might hold the key to unlocking his memories. Reuniting with the rest of the Guardians might be the least of his worries as he goes toe-to-toe with new and old enemies.Through daring situations, Arion learns what it truly means to be a hero. He realizes that this might mean being more than just TITAN.
Super Sam (N.E.R.O. Labs Book 1)
by Rebekah Dodson
I never asked for this.
But that’s what they all say, right? I’m just a suburbanite mom who does zumba on Tuesdays and picks her kids up from school for playdates.
Thanks to an unfortunate accident with chemical from my husband’s lab, I’ve got powers.
Stand aside, Wonder Woman, hell hath no fury like a mother scorned.
When drug dealers come for my son, they better be ready to face what I’ve got: these kinetic frying pans aren’t going to wield themselves.
I’m saving the neighborhood one criminal at a time.
What do you think of these books? Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments!